Donna McCarthy


Welcome to the Marquette University College of Nursing. Founded in 1936, the College of Nursing has more than 7,000 alumni making a difference in health care every day, nationwide. Marquette nurses embody the Jesuit traditions of living lives of faith, promoting excellence, becoming leaders and serving others. As such, Marquette nursing is an integral part of the university's Catholic, Jesuit mission.

There has never been a more crucial time for individuals to consider nursing as a career or for nurses to advance their educational preparation. A nursing shortage that is predicted to be long lasting, a well-documented nursing faculty shortage, growing complexity in health care, technological advances that are changing the face of health care across the continuum and an aging population all contribute to the need for more nurses, nurse leaders, nurse educators, and nursing scientists.  Marquette faculty have embraced the challenge to move nursing education to the highest level. Marquette has set the standard for curriculum innovation at the baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral levels.

Because nursing is such a complex profession, Marquette nursing students receive an education that is solidly based on the physical/biological science, social/psychological science and humanities (including theology and philosophy). Because of the strength of their education, students and alumni all understand what it is to be a Marquette nurse.

Marquette faculty are expert teachers, recognized clinicians and accomplished researchers. They are at the forefront of developing evidence on which nurses base their practice. All of these individuals come together in the classroom to teach, mentor and demonstrate the highest level of professional nursing practice for our students.

Marquette offers many innovative programs that address the challenges seen in health care today: baccalaureate programs, master of science in nursing, post-master’s certificates, doctorate of nursing practice and doctor of philosophy. All programs uniquely qualify the Marquette graduate to assume leadership roles in the profession and to shape the future of nursing practice.

Our programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, as well as specialty accreditation from the American College of Nurse-Midwifery for the Nurse-Midwifery program. Marquette meets the quality standards for advanced practice nurses to be certified as nurse practitioners or clinical nurse specialists.

The Marquette faculty welcome your questions and encourage you to reach your professional goals with us. The Marquette experience will change your life!

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College of Nursing Mission Statement

Through a transformational Catholic, Jesuit education, Marquette University College of Nursing prepares nurse leaders to promote health, healing and social justice for all people through clinical practice and development of nursing knowledge.